Create a system with your children. I've seen in my own work how creating open accessible bins — and a good system of organization — helps children initiate their own play, play more creatively, and put things up in the end.
The kids' workstation has a pegboard for hanging tools and plenty of bins for storing supplies.
"It can take a lot of work to clear a basement," Emerson says. She replaced the cellar's original brick piers with a structural system of steel columns; all of the
structural system of steel columns; all of the spaces back up around these, which maximizes the usable space. The husband is 6 feet, 6 inches tall, so she also lowered the floor 18 inches. Ductwork and HVAC systems were moved strategically to clear the living space.
disappear into closets at either end when open. There are also bolts in the floor so that the mom can lock up her computer when the kids have sleepovers. The doors are covered in a custom lacquer that reflects the light.